The United Church of Chapel Hill will present "A Place in the Choir," a program featuring the church's Children's Choir and Children's Choir Alumni, on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 3 p.m.
Under the direction of Paige Barnett, the concert is a celebration of musical memories from children's choir productions and the church's Broadway musical production, all directed by Barnett during the past 20 years.
The concert will be given in the sanctuary of United Church at 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. There is no admission charge. A donation is requested to support youth ministries and various missions projects at United Church.
Children's choir volunteers will be honored, including Barbara Wildemuth, accompanist; and Melanie See, Aleta English, Debbie Travers and Mary McMillan.
Barnett She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in physical therapy, but concedes that had she followed her passion in college, she should have studied music education.
During her 20 years as volunteer Children's Choir director, Barnett estimates she has taught or directed about 300 children, including choirs and musicals. They have sung together at Sunday morning rehearsals, for worship leadership, Christmas tree lightings, retirement community sing-a-longs, in 10 youth musical productions, church retreats, Valentine talent shows and Broadway musical productions.
Several years ago, Barnett, who directed the Broadway musicals as a fellowship event at United Church, realized that with musical theater, she could use the collective energies of all the people who wanted to help her and other families to support a cause close to her heart.
Her son, Thomas, was diagnosed with Friedreich's Ataxia, a rare neurodegenerative disorder when he was 10 years old. At the time, there were no therapies being investigated by researchers.
She directed productions of "Anything Goes," "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Music Man" and during six years raised $180,000 for FARA, a research alliance.
Her son died in 2007 at 22 from complications of the disease. In 2002, Joanna, his sister, was diagnosed with the same disease. Barnett believes Joanna may yet directly benefit from the therapies now in trial.Organ recital
David Arcus will give his second organ recital in this year's Organ Recital Series at Duke Chapel in Durham at 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 29.
Arcus is the Associate University Organist and Chapel Organist at Duke as well as the Divinity School organist and an adjunct associate professor of sacred music. He has won national awards in improvisation and composition and several of his pieces are published by Concordia, Hinshaw and Wayne Leupold Editions.
His second recital in the series will feature music from Canada, including Healey Willan's Introduction, Passacaglia, and Fugue, plus a tribute to the Canadian rock band Rush.
The recital is free and open to the public.Wellness program
Bishop Ila McMillan Ervin of Tabernacle Oasis of Love Church has issued an invitation to the community to attend "A Morning of Wellness for Wholeness" , from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4.
Opportunities will include learning how to manage hypertension, Nia (self-healing practice like Yoga), tips and demonstrations on how to get moving, learning how to manage diabetes, dental screenings and information.
A Fun Walk will be led by NC BEACTIVE.
Participants may also sign up for other Roger's Road Wellness Clubs. Appointments will be available.
Owner and chef of Mediterranean Deli Jamil Kadoura will serve a meal planned to nurture the body as well as the spirit.
Those who plan to attend should RSVP to Gloria Brown of Piedmont Health at 919-537-7485 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The church is located at 8005 Roger's Road, Carrboro.Jungian workshop
The Jung Society of the Triangle will host Jungian analyst and psychologist Rachael Wooten leading a two-day workshop on the divine feminine this weekend at Binkley Baptist Church, 1712 Willow Drive.
Wooten's presentation will address similarities between Buddhist teaching and Jungian thought through the archetype of the divine mother Green Tara.
The program will introduce the Green Tara and explore similarities from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. Fee is $15 for non-members. Wooten will expand on the stories and teachings from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Fee is $48 for non-members.
Members receive a discount. To register, or for more information, see jungnc.org